Bridge Youth Swim Team

About Bridge Swim Team


Description
The Bridge Swim Youth program is perfect for beginner kids with limited to no swim team experience (Ages 5-10). Swim team practices will focus on competency in all 4 competitive strokes and working in a team/group environment. This program will also feature some assistance from our local high school swimmers!

The bridge program is designed for the following goals:
– Provide swimmers the opportunity to experience swimming in a group environment
– Teach swimmers the skills needed to move from swim lessons/swim school to a Swim Team – circle swimming, drop & push
– Provides the opportunity for swimmers to practice skills through the repetition of swimming laps, under the watchful eye of a coach.
– Social outlet
– Provide instruction on the four competitive strokes.

Evaluation
All swimmers taking part in the Bridge Swim Program will be evaluated on their first day to confirm they are fully comfortable and safe in the water and able to swim a full lap. In the future, we will run pre-signup skill assessments to help people determine what level of the swim school their swimmer would fit.

During the first week, the swimmers will be grouped together into lanes of similar skill levels to help the coaches provide an appropriate teaching environment for the range of abilities within a group.

*Requirement for entry: Swim 25 yards unassisted

Questions? Please email bsmith@menloswim.com

Schedule & Pricing


Schedule

The Fall Schedule for the Bridge Swim Program will run:

September 13 – November 19 (10 weeks)

Mon/Wed/Fri 3:30pm – 4:15pm $449
4:15pm – 5:00pm $449
Tues/Thurs 3:30pm – 4:15pm $299
4:15pm – 5:00pm $299

We offer 4 different slots and times to choose from. We recommend your child comes for 2 sessions a week!

*Requirement for entry: Swim 25 yards unassisted

*Youth Scholarships available from Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation. For more information and to see if you qualify please fill out this form.

Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation Scholarships


Menlo Swim & Sport is proud to partner with the Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation (BBAF). BBAF offers scholarships to those financially in need who want to develop a life-long love for swimming in the Bay area. You can visit their website by clicking the link above to see all of their partners in the Bay area.

Menlo Swim & Sport offers BBAF scholarships for the following programs:

Swim School (Burgess)
Lifeguard Certification (Burgess)
Camp Menlo Aquatics Camp (Burgess)
Bridge Youth Swim Team (Burgess)

For more information and to see if you qualify please fill out this form.

BBAF Submission Form

Meet the Coaches


Bruce Smith

Head of Youth Aquatics

Bruce started his coaching career as a teenager in NYC when he coached sailing, his primary sport growing up.  His swim coaching career began in 1993 when he was a substitute coach for the Stanford Masters. Two years later, in 1995, Bruce became the Aquatics and Fitness Director at Alpine Hills in Portola Valley.  In his 18 years at Alpine Hills, Bruce oversaw the growth of a swim lesson program from a seasonal operational to a successful year round program.  In 2003 Bruce became a founding member of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics when the Alpine swim team merged with other local swim teams. Bruce continued running the Alpine Hills site of PASA through 2013.

In 2020, Bruce came to the Burgess Pool in Menlo Park to start a site of PASA in Menlo Park and to provide a home for the swimmers when Menlo Aquatics closed due to the pandemic.  Bruce continues now in his second year at the helm of the Menlo Park site of PASA and is excited to carry on the long tradition of wonderful youth aquatics programs in Menlo Park.

Jacob Allen

Jacob has been teaching lessons for over 12 years. His primary focus is safety and building a fun and enjoyable environment for kids who want to learn and improve. His goals with the Bridge Youth Program are to help give back to the community and inspire a lifelong love of swimming and aquatics through fun, dedication and safety.

FAQ’s


Q: How do I get started?
A: All swimmers taking part in the Bridge Swim Program will be evaluated on their first day to confirm they are fully comfortable and safe in the water to be able to swim a full lap. In the future, we will run pre-signup skill assessments to help people determine what level of the swim school their swimmer would fit.

During the first week, the swimmers will be grouped together into lanes of similar skill levels to help the coaches provide an appropriate teaching environment for the range of abilities within a group.

Q: Do I have to register my swimmer for USA Swimming?
A: This program is not affiliated with a USA Swimming Club and therefore, like swim lessons, swimmers are not required to register with USA Swimming.

Q: Can I mix and match practices between the different times and days?
A: No. At this time we will be sticking to our structure as-is for consistency and safety.

Q: Will this be on ongoing program or does it stop in the winter?
A: Yes it will be an ongoing program. We will be taking a break during the winter holidays, but we will be continuing the program into the new year.

Q: What does the unassisted 25 yard swim look like?
A: The swimmer must demonstrate comfortability and safety in the water. They must be able to swim an unassisted 25 yards of freestyle (i.e. big arms with side breathing or rolling on the back for a breath).

Q: Why should I sign up for Bridge Youth Swim Team?
A: The bridge program is designed for the following goals:
– Provide swimmers the opportunity to experience swimming in a group environment
– Teach swimmers the skills needed to move from swim lessons/swim school to a Swim Team – circle swimming, drop & push
– Provides the opportunity for swimmers to practice skills through the repetition of swimming laps, under the watchful eye of a coach.
– Social outlet
– Provide instruction on the four competitive strokes.

Please contact our Head Coach Bruce with any more questions you may have: bsmith@menloswim.com